This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress, including a draft of John Quincy Adams's brief delivered before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Amistad case.
On February 21, 1848, John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at the Capitol during his ninth successive term as congressman from Massachusetts. The sketch, upon which this print is based, was made while he lay unconscious, by congressional reporter Arthur Stansbury.
This exhibition features 50 highlights from the more than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It includes a letter from Secretary of State John Quincy Adams to Don Francisco Vives concerning the United States-Florida boundary. In the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819, Adams acquired Spanish Florida for $5 million and established the southern and western boundaries of Louisiana and the Spanish Territory.
This exhibit explores the role that religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic. It includes John Quincy Adams's diary entry from February 2, 1806, which describes a church service held in the U.S. Supreme Court Chamber.
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On October 25, 1764, Abigail Smith married a young lawyer from Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, by the name of John Adams, who would become, some thirty years later, the second president of the United States.
On October 17, 1823, President James Monroe wrote a letter to his friend and Virginia neighbor Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy. Both Jefferson and former president James Madison recommended cooperation with Great Britain. However, Monroe's Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, was more cautious. Heeding Adams's advice, Monroe chose to pursue a course independent of Great Britain. He outlined his policy, later known as the "Monroe Doctrine," in an address to Congress on December 2, 1823.
The Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 9, 1841, freeing the remaining 35 survivors of the Amistad mutiny. Former president John Quincy Adams represented the Amistad Africans in the Supreme Court case.